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 Post subject: 14-32
PostPosted: Mon Sep 02, 2013 1:20 pm 
MacRetro rider
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When you went looking for a freewheel in recent times, 99% of them were 14-28T.
In olden times 14-32T were more common and thus only remaindered stock in the 5 speed variety, seems available in this gear range today.
I know there new freewheels just apearing in this size.
My question is why were freewheels in this larger size available BITD but not available untill recently ?
Did low gearing go out of fashion or did some other technological leap make them pointless and if so why are freewheels that mimic cassettes making a comeback as 13-32T 9 speed freewheels now exist :?


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 Post subject: Re: 14-32
PostPosted: Mon Sep 02, 2013 1:53 pm 
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A lot of the 14-32 were those ghastly gimmicky megarange ones with a 6 tooth or so jump to bottom gear.


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 Post subject: Re: 14-32
PostPosted: Mon Sep 02, 2013 3:34 pm 
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Compact chainsets making them redundant?


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 Post subject: Re: 14-32
PostPosted: Mon Sep 02, 2013 4:00 pm 
MacRetro rider
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Compact chainsets seem a new thing to me, those 50/34T ones that now seem common. Only a very short time ago 39T was as low as you got on a roadbike double and before that 42T. Did compact 50/34T doubles exist in the 70's/80's ?


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 Post subject: Re: 14-32
PostPosted: Mon Sep 02, 2013 4:08 pm 
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I'm a convert for these new fangled 'compact' chainsets

Having ridden thousands of miles on 14 gears of F53/42 R11/19 and then hung up the bike for almost 25 years it takes the sting out of pedalling when you have 20 gears spread across F50/34 R12/25. What a great idea and it certainly helps my old knees.

I currently have 2 compacts with 50/34, 1 bike with 52/39 and two with 52/42


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 Post subject: Re: 14-32
PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2013 6:55 am 
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I'm sure the 1984/1985 Raleigh Royal I've just bought has a 50/34 chainset and I think it's original. It's got a 14-32 freewheel too, which has been replaced but I believe that's the spec of the original.


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 Post subject: Re: 14-32
PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2013 12:11 pm 
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I have a 14-36 6-speed block on my Carlton Continental - great for the hills of Plymouth. 49/42 fron rings.


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 Post subject: Re: 14-32
PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2013 12:17 pm 
MacRetro rider
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14-36 6 speed block :shock:

Who the heck made that ?????????????


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 Post subject: Re: 14-32
PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2013 3:31 pm 
r.B.o.T.M. & P.o.T.M. Winner
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velomaniac wrote:
14-36 6 speed block :shock:

Who the heck made that ?????????????


I'll check...


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 Post subject: Re: 14-32
PostPosted: Wed Sep 04, 2013 10:45 pm 
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It's probably because chainrings have now got smaller. Years ago your average road bike would have a 52/42 and tourers/MTB 48/38/28, whereas now it's typically 50/34 on a road bike and 44/32/22 on a MTB.


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